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Breast Cancer Research: BCR


Thayer School of Engineering


The practice of breast conserving surgery has been transformative for management of women’s breast cancer, and yet the current practice remains in a situation where approximately one-third of all patients have incomplete surgical resection. This is measured by the finding of clear margins on the surgical specimen, as measured by pathology sampling. This is a very active area of professional debate and research study, and the solutions are not as obvious as one might guess. Still, reviews of the status of the field suggest that technical solutions should be available to help mitigate this issue, and the tools for molecular phenotyping of tissues need to be deployed if they can provide rapid, specific diagnoses.




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Pogue, B.W. Can novel technologies improve breast conserving surgery?. Breast Cancer Res 20, 85 (2018).